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The BitCuratorEdu project is a three-year effort funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to study and advance the adoption of digital forensics tools and methods in libraries and archives through professional education efforts. This project is a partnership between Educopia Institute and the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, along with the Council of State Archivists (CoSA) and several Masters-level programs in library and information science.

What are the primary institutional and technological factors that influence adoption of digital forensics tools and methods in LIS classes in different educational settings?

  • Through interviews, surveys, and solicitation of various forms of community input, we will report on factors and implications for educational implementation strategies.
  • Interviews with all BitCuratorEdu Advisory Board members were completed in February 2019. An educational provider survey will be administered in early 2020.
  • The project team will report progress throughout the grant-funded period at conferences, and at the end of the project a white paper will be produced that incorporates findings from our data collection and analysis efforts.

What are the most viable mechanisms for sustaining collaboration among LIS programs on the adoption of digital forensics tools and methods?

  • In close collaboration with project partners, we will investigate several sustainability mechanisms.
  • This will include, but not be limited to, potential establishment of a special educational member category within the BitCurator Consortium.
  1. Produce and disseminate a publicly accessible set of learning objects to be used by education providers in providing hands-on digital forensics education;
  2. Investigate and report on institutional factors to facilitate, hinder and shape adoption of digital forensics educational offerings;
  3. Advance a community of practice around digital forensics education, though partner collaboration, wider engagement, and exploration of community sustainability mechanisms;
  4. Produce and disseminate a white paper on strategies for offering digital forensics education for information professionals

Principal Investigators

Katherine Skinner
Christopher “Cal” Lee
Jessica Farrell

Project Manager

Hannah Wang

Full Project Team and Partners Roster